How to Craft the Perfect Phlebotomy Resume

Want your resume to get a call back every time?

Sounds crazy right?

After you’ve finished your phlebotomy classes, and passed all your exams, now it’s time for the job search.

But for many, the job search feels like you’re sending out endless resumes and never getting a response back.

But if that’s the case, you’ve probably written your resume the wrong way.

If you want to write your resume right the right way, just follow these steps. Here’s a 5 step plan to writing an irresistible resume or a phlebotomist position:

5 Steps to Crafting the Perfect Phlebotomist Resume

1. Write to create interest within a person. Not to list facts.

The worst kind of resumes simply include a few, generic statements along with education and job history facts.

Bad move.

Remember, your resumes are read by people. Recruiters reads hundreds of resumes a day. To separate yours from their stack of papers, you need to draw their attention.

Does a list of boring facts and dates sound interesting to you?

phlebotomist resume bored recruiter

Does your resume bore the recruiter? Make it more than just a list of facts…

The first contact you’re likely to have with a prospective employer is through your resume. If you mess that up, you’re out of the race. So you need to get their attention on the first try.

For example, most people begin their resume with a boring objective statement. It might look something like this:

Bad Example:

Jane Lynch
121 Some Address
A Great City, CA 12345

Objective: Seeking to obtain a new job as a phlebotomist at so-and-so hospital to utilize medical knowledge and experience.

That’s a lot of words. But that tells a recruiter nothing! Make yourself interesting by injecting a personal touch to your resume

Better Example:

Jane Lynch
121 Some Address
A Great City, CA 12345

Over 2 Years Experience as a Certified Phlebotomist. Focused on Patient Safety and Care.

How much better is that? In a fewer amount of words you immediately communicate two facts:

  1. You’re certified
  2. You love to care for patients

Regardless of your level of experience, you can create a stellar phlebotomist resume if you inject personality. Make your facts personal instead of generic.

2. Tell a story about yourself.

From the get go, your resume needs to read like a story. Storytelling is one of the most effective ways to engage the recruiter’s brain and get them interested in you.

Stories make the recruiter see you as a person. Not just a piece of paper.

From the start of your resume, you need to help the recruiter envision who you are. Let’s take our previous objective statement from before:

Over 2 Years Experience as a Certified Phlebotomist. Focused on Patient Safety and Care.

That’s a great starting statement! In plain English, it tells your recruiter “You are a certified phlebotomist who is exceptionally caring towards people.”

We can build on that idea in a few ways in your phlebotomist resume:

  1. When you list your education, clearly state the exact certification you received. Make that sentence bold or stand out in some way.
  2. When you list extracurricular activities, list activities that are examples of caring for other people. Do you babysit? Volunteer at a nursing home? Those are all great examples to emphasize that you’re a person who loves and cares about people.

3. Use short, meaningful words.

Speak in plain, conversational language using words you speak every day. Don’t try to show off your knowledge by using unnecessary technical terms.

Recruiters don’t read resumes word for word. They scan. So shorter sentences are much better.

For example, let’s say you have to list your job duties…

Bad Example:

  • Performed venipunctures and skin punctures to obtain a blood sample for laboratory testing

Not great. All you’ve accomplished is stating that you’ve done the most basic phlebotomist duties. Let’s improve it:

Better Example:

  • Performed at least 30 daily blood draws and sticks

Okay! Now we’re getting somewhere. When a recruiter reads this, they can immediately tell how experienced you are with blood draws. All in less than 10 words!

4. Focus on the employer. Not on yourself.

You should think of your resume as a marketing document. You are selling your knowledge and experience to your employer. They have needs, and you need to convince them that you have what it takes to meet those needs.

In all of the previous “better” examples, notice how we’ve crafted these sentences to address the needs of the employer.

Take a look at the previous “bad example” for an objective statement…

Seeking to obtain a new job as a phlebotomist at so-and-so hospital to utilize medical knowledge and experience.

That sentence is all about you!

  • You want a new job.
  • You want to use your knowledge.
  • You want to use your experience.

But in the “better example” notice how we’ve selected words that demonstrate how valuable we are to an employer:

Over 2 Years Experience as a Certified Phlebotomist. Focused on Patient Safety and Care.

Same sentence. Same amount of words. But we’re selling the idea that we’re certified and love to care for others.

5. Tailor the resume for the job listing.

Again, your employer has needs. But what are they?

Well they tell you exactly what they need in the job listing!

Carefully read through the job ad and identify the skills and traits wanted. For example, let’s say a job listing requires you to work the phones to help schedule appointments for a doctor. In addition, the listing states that they want someone who carefully follows procedures to keep lab specimens intact.

Make sure to address these two concerns in your duties!

Imagine if you included job duties like this in your resume:

  • Managed phone calls to schedule blood draw appointments on a daily basis
  • Created an Order of Draw cheat sheet to help reduce contamination in the lab

You’ve addressed two important pain points for your employer. In just two sentences.

And that’s it! As long you keep these principles in mind, you should write an amazing resume. Even if you don’t have much phlebotomy experience, you may have lots of other experience including past jobs, volunteering and education that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. Use these to tell your story!

If you don’t have anything relevant to list, consider these options too get good phlebotomy experience. It will help you both in enhancing your resume and your skills on phlebotomy as well.

Don’t worry about a stylish design or fancy fonts. Just tell your story in simple words to sell yourself to your future employer.

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